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    I'm putting the cart before the horse a little bit since I probably won't even be getting my (hopefully!) acceptance letter for a while, but I'm thinking about my options. I'm an international student and living in London is going to be tough financially. That said, though I'd prefer to live on campus all things being equal, I really don't want to share a room, bathroom, or kitchen with anyone. I'm a decent roommate, I guess, but sharing your personal space like that feels a little violating. I've lived more or less on my own here at home for a while and I'm used to it. But en-suite rooms at my school of choice (UCL, hopefully) are so damn expensive, I'm thinking I might be better off renting a dingy little apartment half an hour away by transit. What realities am I missing here? Will the transit fees balance it out, will it gut my social life, will it be dangerous, etc etc?
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    It's like we're the same. I'm planning on going to UCL after my A levels. I'll be an international student and would not like to live on campus. I have the same doubts as you, I'll be sending my offer next year as I'm doing AS. My expected results are AAA. Good luck to you, and hopefully I'll see you there after a year.
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    It sounds a bit rough, being a first year student who doesn't live on campus. One of my friends did a similar thing with Lincoln University and ended up dropping out (despite the fact she lived with her parents) because she hadn't made friends with any of her coursemates, who'd all formed little groups with their flatmates, and it all became a bit too overwhelming. That being said, if you think you can cope with the possibility of being somewhat ostracised, go for it- one of her problems was also that she was quite shy, so she wouldn't really put herself out there. Good luck! I hope you get a lot more advice to help you decide
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    Following soo I can read later, this is something I'm considering too as if I'm not accepted to the Uni in my home town I'll have to move out "permanently" to Uni as there's not enough space at home to leave my bedroom vacant term time.

    Only think so far would be to post an ad on gumtree or similar for other students looking for a house share - the benefits of being in self catered halls but slightly cheaper.
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    (Original post by muhreeah)
    I'm putting the cart before the horse a little bit since I probably won't even be getting my (hopefully!) acceptance letter for a while, but I'm thinking about my options. I'm an international student and living in London is going to be tough financially. That said, though I'd prefer to live on campus all things being equal, I really don't want to share a room, bathroom, or kitchen with anyone. I'm a decent roommate, I guess, but sharing your personal space like that feels a little violating. I've lived more or less on my own here at home for a while and I'm used to it. But en-suite rooms at my school of choice (UCL, hopefully) are so damn expensive, I'm thinking I might be better off renting a dingy little apartment half an hour away by transit. What realities am I missing here? Will the transit fees balance it out, will it gut my social life, will it be dangerous, etc etc?
    First of all check the prices- rightmove is a good website, even half an hour from UCL rent can be expensive, especially if you wanted a studio apartment. No it wouldn't be dangerous- remember most students live out in 2nd and 3rd year. You would have to make an extra effort to make friends- as FizzyTrev said people tend to stick with their flatmates at first so you would need to be prepared to go up and approach people in class/ join societies e.c.t to make friends.
 
 
 
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